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India spinner Murali Kartik has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket after an illustrious 17-year career.
Karthik represented India in eight Test matches, where he took 24 wickets at an average of 34.16. He also played 37 ODIs, in which he claimed 37 victims at an average of 43.56, and one Twenty20 International, during which he failed to pick up any wickets.
“The Mumbai Test (match haul of 7/76) where I won the Man-of-the-Match award will always be special as we were able to restrict an Australian side chasing 103 (107),” Kartik said. “Also when Sachin presented me with my India Test cap and Kapil Paaji (then coach) presented the India hat.”
While Kartik failed to have a major impact at the international level, his domestic career prospered as he played 203 first-class matches and took 644 wickets at a brilliant average of 26.70.
However, nearly a third of the wickets he took during his domestic career came when he played for Middlesex, Somerset, Surrey and Lancashire in the English county league.
Kartikk also proved to be quite a useful batsman and even opened on a few occasions. All in all, he scored 4,423 first-class runs, which included 21 half-centuries, at an average of 20.19.